Becoming a Professional Bridge Teacher
About EBTA Teachers
Within the EBU Teachers Association (EBTA) there are two main grades, the Full Members of EBTA, and the Professional Members. Both groups are able to describe themselves as EBTA Qualified Teachers.
What makes an EBTA Professional?
EBTA Professional Members have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience (of which at least 2 must be teaching bridge). They have a proven track record of excellent teaching from their employers (or, if teaching is all done privately, from the students themselves) and, with a handful of exceptions, they will have attended at least one Bridge for All Teacher Training Workshop or EBTA Teachers' Jamboree. They also have a sound understanding of bidding and play - the emphasis is on sound, not expert, evaluated by a written test of bridge knowledge and an oral examination.
EBTA Professional Members encourage their students to develop beyond the classroom (provided the students want to be developed!) by running duplicates, small tournaments etc. and helping to set up clubs where nothing suitable exists. They also have a working knowledge of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge and are expected to have attended at least the Club Director Essentials Course
Finally they are prepared to be an essential part of the development of EBTA by helping to run workshops and other training events, participate in the assessment processes and act as mentors to other bridge teachers.
The detailed procedure for becoming a Professional Member is explained here
EBTA and Bridge for All
Confused about the difference? Bridge for All teachers have been specially trained to use the BFA programme - the approved learn and play programme developed by the EBU. All Bridge for All teachers belong to EBTA but the EBTA list also includes many other teachers who have been teaching for many years and prefer to use their own teaching methods.
What is the EBTA Diploma?
Many years ago, there were “GCSE” and “A” level EBTA Diplomas managed by the great Rhoda Lederer.
These exams no longer exist, but some of the teachers who undertook these exams very much do!
If you are interested in any of the above please contact Lisa on 01296 317217 who will be able to assist you.